PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — He was beaten and tossed on the tracks of a downtown T station, and now the victim says he’s not getting the restitution he needs for his medical bills.
Kevin Lockett has had four surgeries. He’s still undergoing physical therapy, and has vision problems and headaches.
Lockett says he’s convinced he is not getting a fair deal in the courts after he was brutally attacked in the Wood Street T station last summer. Only one of the five men involved is getting jail time.
“It wasn’t right. We all know that. It wasn’t right; it’s plain to see. I mean, I don’t know what more you needed. You had all kinds of evidence,” said Lockett.
He now believes he’s getting shorted by the courts after being awarded just $55.71 for medical expenses.
“It’s in the thousands. Me and my family, we’ve been paying and paying and paying,” said Lockett.
But the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office says that’s all the money they can get for Lockett, because he’s only given them $55 in receipts. Lockett’s had two opportunities to bring his bills to court.
“I’ve been to several different hospitals. I have to retrieve them from the hospitals. I can’t make them appear,” Lockett said.
But he admits that he’s not an organized guy.
KDKA’s Paul Martino: “You provided bills. How much?”
Lockett: “Yeah, that was only a couple bills that was laying on the table.”
Lockett says he’s also talking to several attorneys about filing a civil lawsuit in the case.
Meantime, the district attorney says he’d like to get more money for Lockett, but they can’t help him if he doesn’t provide receipts.